Speed run of Pokémon Red in 41 segments, completed on April 12 2007. Available in three versions: low/normal quality DivX, and high quality H.264 MPEG-4. Note: Segment 39 is missing. The run was accepted regardless because the absent segment is only a minute long, and the verifiers did not spot any cheating.
First, I must thank the following people for this run: samthedigital for his vast knowledge of this game and his strategy of using Fissure with Charmander. He helped me with so much, I can't even remember all that he's done. I must also thank Amazing Ampharos for his strategy of teaching Lapras Toxic to use against Gyarados. I was about to give up on this run due to frustration with Gyarados, so that strategy was extremely valuable to me. Many others have also helped with this run, but I've thanked them in my past comments so I'll refrain from doing so this time.
Well as soon as you watch the first segment, it's evident that my strategy is pretty much completely different in this run as I choose Charmander as my starter instead of Squirtle. Charmander is faster through the beginning but I thought he would lose time in the middle and against the E4. Through some testing, I figured out that this isn't the case. In fact, Charmander gains a lot of time during the whole run. The E4 would have been slower, but that's where Fissure comes in. With Fissure, the E4 was a breeze save Lance.
I could go into huge detail on every segment in this run, but then what would be the point of watching it? So go on and start watching the run!
Well, there is one more thing to discuss. You may notice after segment 38, I unexplainably have Lapras in the front of my lineup instead of Charizard. Well, what should be segment 39 is missing. I somehow didn't record segment 39. Here's what happened. It was a one minute segment where first, Battle Style was changed from SET to SHIFT in the options menu after the title screen. Lapras was then taught Toxic and placed in the top of the lineup. I then saved the game.
The reason I taught Lapras Toxic was because it was an easy alternative to killing Gyarados face on with Charizard. Gyarados would always use Hydro Pump on me, which was a OHKO no matter how you looked at it. I had to hope that Gyarados would miss to kill him. The good news was that I was faster, but it still took 4 slashes to kill him. Hydro Pump has an 80% accuracy, so do a little math and you'll figure out that I had a 1/125 chance of killing Gyarados. Not so good, and I didn't want to invest that much time just to kill Gyarados.
I thought I had no other option though, so I just bit the bullet. I finally got lucky and killed Gyarados, just to figure out that the rest of Lance's Pokemon were still pretty tough. I ended up dying after a long and ugly battle that I would have hated to accept anyways. That's when I asked for help, and received it. Just watch the strategy for yourself, and then determine how useful it is.
I hope everyone enjoys my run and don't be shy to contact me if you want to discuss the run. Really, I enjoy it! You can contact me through email or AIM. My email address is platinum.cygnus AT gmail DOT com and my AIM contact is Platinum Cygnus.
Believe it or not, I think I may attempt yet another run. I should be able to get sub 2:05 and maybe even near the two hour mark. We'll then see for sure if Charmander is truly faster than Squirtle. So for now, peace out!